Our 5 Fave Los Angeles Weekend Freebies (Jan. 18-20) Published January 13, 2020 By Christina Elston Freebies this MLK Day weekend include a polar splash, Lunar New Year fun, and three ways to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2020 marks the ninth year that Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team (CAT) are following their monthly 30-minute beach cleaning with a cool Polar Splash. The cleanup starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the splash around 10:40 a.m. at the Rosie’s Dog Beach area of Granada Beach in Long Beach. CAT will donate $5 to various schools and charities on behalf of every person who plunges into the Pacific (for groups of 15 or more), up to $2,000. Registration required. The whole family is invited to the 2020 Lunar New Year Celebration at The Americana at Brand, acultural celebration of the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rat taking place from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the Glendale shopping center. Lively performances, gourmet food, art demonstrations and cultural activities will be happening on The Green. Come lend Big Sunday a hand from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday as they count, sort, and fold items that have donated to Big Sunday’s MLK Day Clothing Collection & Community Breakfast at the organization’s headquarters on Melrose. The organization is collecting thousands of items that will be distributed to people in need. New and gently used work clothes, casual clothes, athletic wear, and new socks and underwear are among the types of clothing that are greatly needed. Big Sunday will also be hosting a community breakfast with the volunteers. The California African American Museum not only honors the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. at its Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, but also commemorates the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. Families can design a peace medal, create a Words of Wisdom bookmark and take part in a community Chain of Kindness. School-age children will present excerpts from Dr. King’s 1957 “Give Us the Ballot” speech from 2-3 p.m., while The Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles performs a King-inspired set from 3-4 p.m. The annual Kingdom Day Parade, now in its 35th year, features an “Equality For All Humanity, Our Next Step” theme this year. The parade will feature marching bands, floats and members of the local community. It steps off at 11 a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Western Avenue, and heads west on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Crenshaw Boulevard, with festivities concluding at 1 p.m.